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Top Choice Museum in Xīníng

Tibetan Culture & Medicine Museum

Exhibitions at this museum focus on traditional Tibetan medicine, astronomy and science, as well as traditional Tibetan life, homes and costumes. The highlight is a 618m-long thangka (Tibetan sacred art) scroll – th…
Top Choice Park in Guìdé

Guìdé National Geological Park

In the stunning multi-coloured clay scenery of Dānxiá Canyon (丹霞峡谷; Dānxiá Xiágǔ), this geopark offers walking trails in among red and orange hills that have eroded into other-worldly shapes. Set against the contras…
Top Choice Bar in Xīníng

1/2 Sugar

Xīníng just upped its hipster game with an unlikely (but cool) craft brewery and cafe. Sitting in a purpose-built complex off a small alley behind Qiyi Jie, knowledgeable staff can recommend and let you sample draft…
Top Choice Muslim in Golmud

Qíjì Shǒugōng Miànpiān Fāng

An unexpected gem, this noodle joint has both style that wouldn't look out of place in Běijīng and substance by way of delicious hand-made miànpiān (面片; noodle slices). With its almost-Scandi decor and friendly serv…
Buddhist Monastery in Yùshù

Sebda Gompa

The main assembly hall at this monastery is impressive, but most surprising is the temple featuring a huge 18m statue of Guru Rinpoche, with smaller statues of his various manifestations on either side.
Museum in Yùshù

Ethnographic Museum

This small museum has some off-beat gems such as traditional Tibetan clothing, swords and stuffed animals. If you have more time you can explore the ruins of the old monastery on the ridge behind the adjacent gompa …
Buddhist Site in Xīníng

Běichán Sì

The temple at the foot of a barren hillside on Xīníng’s north side is nothing special but halfway up the steep climb to the top you pass cave temples and shrines that are thought to be 1700 years old. A pagoda, and …
Museum in Xīníng

Qīnghǎi Provincial Museum

At the east end of Xīníng Square, the provincial museum looks like an ominous government building from afar, but once inside, galleries range from dull (government puff pieces in Chinese) to OK (historical photos of…
Mosque in Xīníng

Dongguan Grand Mosque

About one-third of Xīníng’s population is Muslim and there are more than 80 mosques across the city. It's not the prettiest, but in fact, it’s one of the largest mosques in China. Friday lunchtime prayers regularly …
Buddhist Temple in Xīníng

Golden Stupa Temple

This small temple was named after a long-destroyed golden chörten (Tibetan stupa). It's now used as a place of study by monks from Kumbum Monastery.